The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 46-member selection committee meets every year in the Super Bowl city on the Saturday before the NFL’s showcase game.
The committee consists of one media representative from each pro football city, with two from New York, a representative of the Pro Football Writers of America and 13 at-large delegates.
There is no set number for any class of enshrinees, but the committee’s current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members be selected each year. Every candidate is carefully scrutinized and must receive at least 80 percent approval of the committee to be elected.
Selectors are presented with a roster of 17 final candidates, along with detailed biographies on each. To assure older players will be considered, the Seniors Committee — made up of nine veteran members of the Selection Committee — names two nominees from the pre-1988 era. The 15 modern-era finalists are the survivors from a preliminary list of candidates that was whittled, by mail-in ballots, to 25 in November and 15 in January.
All 17 candidates will be represented in the meeting by a selector who is based in the city where the finalist made the most impact. After a brief presentation and a debate session, the next candidate on the list is discussed.
The two Senior candidates will be voted on separately. The list of 15 modern-era finalists will be reduced to 10 and then five. Selectors will then vote yes or no on each of the final five candidates.